American Fortitude in Twin Ports harbor

The American Fortitude will be here for the 20th time this season. Like most of the trips, it will be loading wheat for flour mills in Buffalo. It spent last winter in the Twin Ports, coming in as the Courtney Burton and departing with its current name after it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship. It replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz which replaced the now rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (becoming the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of Duluth Superior, to Buffalo. Above, it departs Duluth this past August.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2006
Kenneth Newhams :